Meet the team

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Autonomy Care Group Directors:

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Andrew Dykes

Chairman

Andrew is a non-practising barrister whose initial career was in marine insurance where he specialised in oil pollution of the sea.

After a Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School in 1986-87 he branched out into other fields and has held directorships of several companies.

He has been involved in the care of people with learning disabilities as an owner/operator since 1997 and is closely involved with the operation of the services provided.

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Steve Tayler

Director

Steve has over 20 years experience of working alongside individuals with profound learning disabilities, challenging behaviours and or complex health care needs. Steve has been a member of the management team since May 2008, and Director since 2016.

Steve has obtained his level 4 management award, in addition to the relevant mandatory training requirements.

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Lucy Jolliffe

Commercial Director

Lucy achieved her CIMA qualification in 1997. Her career progressed over the following years primarily within manufacturing organisations reaching Director of Finance before taking a career break to raise a family.

Lucy Joined the company in 2010 predominantly to oversee the accounting function, however, her role has now developed to manage all aspects of finance, admin and HR for the company.

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Pete Bates

Adult Residential Services Manager

Pete has worked in Health and Social Care for 26 years with people with learning disabilities and complex needs. He has worked in England and Wales in both the private and charitable sectors at Manager and Regional Manager level.

Pete is our Positive Behaviour support lead, overseeing the delivery of Positive Behaviour Management training for all our services. He has attained a Level 5 diploma in Health and Social Care and is a Manual Handling Trainer and Person-centred Planning facilitator. Pete was the registered manager for The Willows and Willow View, before changing his role to Adult Residential Services Manager in 2020.

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Sharon Young

Registered Manager

Sharon has worked in Health & Social Care for 26 years working with individuals with learning disabilities and complex needs. Her career started as a support worker, progressing to a team leader before working her way up to registered manager, which she has now been successfully doing for the past 7 years.
Sharon was initially appointed as deputy manager at the Willows in 2018, before returning in August 2020 as the registered manager.
She finds her job very rewarding and is happy to be back at the Willows making a difference to peoples lives. Sharon gained her QCF level 5 qualification in Health & Social Care in 2013.
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Lynette Collier

Assistant Manager

Lynette has over 25 year’s experience of working alongside individuals with learning disabilities, challenging behaviour and Mental Health starting as a support worker.

She started with Autonomy Life in March 2020 and wanted to build good knowledge and relationships within The Willows, to enable staff and service users to reach their full potentials.

Lynette feels she is empathetic and a great people’s person and has achieved her level 4 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

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Nicholas Faulkner-Elliott

Area Manager

Nic joined Autonomy Life Limited in November 2020 as Area Manager based at The Oaks in Worcestershire. He has worked in a number of different care settings spanning over 20 years including Children's EBD/LD and adult community and residential settings.

He has worked primarily with people with complex needs and challenging behaviour across these settings.

Further to this Nic started a consultancy and training role nation wide, working in both children's and adults residential homes to support each service and to make sure all service users had the right person centred care. He then went onto obtaining his Level 4 Management Award (RMA), Level 3 Award in Education and IOHS in addition to the relevant mandatory training requirements.

Nic is a strong believer in person centred care, developing staff and encouraging people to reach their full potential and is excited to start his new journey with the company.

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Adina Iures

Registered Manager

Working at The Oaks for over 7 years having started as a support worker, progressing to team leader and now the Registered Manager.

She achieved level 2 in Health and Social Care, level 2 in Team Leading and QCF level 5 in Health and Social Care. She also has a degree in psychology achieved at the University in Bucharest.

She enjoys working with people with challenging behaviour and  finds her job really rewarding. She believes that when you work in care you need to have empathy for the people that you support, and they will reward you back with happiness and progression.

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Marie Kay

Assistant Manager

Marie has worked in Health and Social Care for over 16 years, primarily with vulnerable adults in various settings including placements, community and Local Authorities. Her experience includes working with the elderly, mental health, challenging behaviours, palliative, learning disabilities, young adults at risk of becoming homeless and recently with children and families.

Marie has level 2 qualifications in Dementia Awareness and Equality & Diversity, level 3 qualifications in End of Life and NVQ 3 Health and Social Care. She achieved a Degree in Applied Health and Social Sciences in 2016 and her value set includes working with transparency, integrity and empathy, with a special interest in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Marie firmly believes in effective leadership to manage team-working and valuing staff to encourage best practice.

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Jacky O’Driscoll

Trainee Assistant Manager

Jacky has over 30 years experience working in the care sector, initially starting in a residential care setting in Wales. She later moved to Malvern where she trained as a counsellor for “Life" before joining Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service and recently employed with West Midlands Ambulance Service as a bank staff member in her spare time.

She joined Autonomy Life in 2010 as a support worker and progressed to her current role as Trainee Assistant Manager in 2020. She has achieved both her NVQ level 2 and level 3 in care, a level 2 team leader qualification and an IQ functional skills qualification in ICT in 2017. This training has complimented her development to add experience and longevity to the management team.

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Claire Hawkins

Fixed-Term - Trainee Assistant Manager

Claire started her journey with Autonomy Care Group in 2010 when she joined the Autonomy Life team as a support worker.

Her achievements include Health and Social Care NVQ level 2, ICQ level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care and ICQ Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship in Team Leading.

In 2018 Claire Joined the domiciliary side of the business at Autonomy Care as a Care-Coordinator. Claire was able to expand and utilise her extensive knowledge in supporting adults with learning disabilities and complex behavioural needs.

The role enabled Claire to take on more managerial responsibilities and she is currently working towards a Level 5 Leadership and Management Diploma in Health and Social Care which she will be applying to her new role as a Trainee Assistant Manager back with Autonomy Life.

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Kayleigh Holmans

Trainee Assistant Manager

Kayleigh has worked in health and social care for almost 10 years, starting as a support worker and progressing to a Registered Managers position. She is currently studying for her QCF Level 5 in Leadership and Management.

Kayleigh is very passionate about health and social care and really enjoys working with the service users we support. She is enjoying utilising her skills and knowledge in her new role and is excited about having the opportunity to develop within a growing company.

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Amanda Wheeler

Registered Manager

Her career in care started in Plymouth where she achieved NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care at Plymouth College. After leaving college in 2009, Amanda went to work in Plymouth hospital as a healthcare assistant.

Having progressed through various healthcare sectors from hospitals, domiciliary care to supported living, she was then seconded to work in a dementia home in Bath.
Amanda started working for Autonomy Care in November 2018 and looks forward to making a positive impact and difference to service users, staff and family members within her role.

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Rhona Sievewright

Assistant Manager

Over 6 years ago, Rhona joined the team as a bank support worker progressing to a full time role, working in all aspects of care. Her career covers domiciliary, complex needs, end of life and behaviours that challenge. She later progressed to a senior role in recognition of her contribution to the company.

In July 2020 Rhona was promoted to assistant manager and is loving her new challenge.

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Leanne Myers

Service Manager

Leanne is thrilled to be joining the Autonomy Care Group and believes that the company’s ethos matches her desire to manage a team of dedicated and committed staff in providing high quality care. 
She came from a background in Business and Administration before joining the care sector. Her hard work and dedication helped her move forwards with her career as a carer to obtaining her Level 5 in Leadership and Management in 2018. Leanne is a qualified Health and Social care professional and has been within the care industry for approx 20 years. Leanne has an amazing supportive family, husband and 2 daughters, and her old tyme bulldog Mr Biggs.

 

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Zoey Fernandes

Assistant Manager

Zoey has worked in the Health and Social Care sector for 8 years, primarily with vulnerable adults in a Day Service setting. Her experience includes working with the elderly, challenging behaviours, learning disabilities, young adults and complex needs and has a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. 

After finishing her studies she implemented all that she had learnt straight into a support worker role for those with high complex needs. After a few years in service she took on another challenge, to work within a nursery setting. In 2016 Zoey returned to support working and progressed to a Team Manager post by 2018.    

She is very excited to join Autonomy Care and be fundamental in establishing a new service, working alongside like minded driven people

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Denise Sparks

Service Manager

Denise began working in a Special Residential School in Dorset with children and young people with Autism and associated learning difficulties in 1998. Initially working as a support worker and then progressing to care manager before leaving in 2016. Over that time she gained her Level 3, Level 4 with Children and Young People, PTLLS, Train the Trainer, Autism accredited learning and also completed her knowledge training with PECs, as well as many others.

In 2016 Denise moved into the role of Registered Manager working with young people with adverse childhood trauma where she stayed for almost 3 years. Over this time she completed 6 modules of her Level 5 award in Leadership and Management to enhance her qualifications, whilst continuing to support young people with Aspergers to successfully move into support living placements within the community.  In 2019, Denise enhanced her experience by moving into the role of Registered Manager with a domiciliary care company nearer to her home and registering with CQC. 

Missing working with young people, at the end of 2019, Denise became Registered Manager for a service in Warminster and more recently took up the appointment of Service Manager with Autonomy Plus in November 2020. In her new role with the company she has been fundamental in the opening of a new bespoke home working again with young people with Autism.

Denise is looking forward to the next part of her journey, enabling, empowering and building a successful team and ultimately supporting young people on their journey.

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Mike Evans

Registered Manager

Mike started working in care in 2010, working with vulnerable adults with learning disabilities. 5 years later Mike began working in childcare, working with children with autism and associated disabilities. By 2017 Mike completed his QCF Level 3 and then became a Deputy Manager when moving to work with children with emotional and behaviour difficulties.

In 2018 he moved back to his passion which was working with children with disabilities as a Registered Manager. Mike joined Autonomy Plus in November 2019 as a Service Manager before receiving his registration in May 2020 and is really looking forward to the new challenges ahead.

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Sandra Brailey

Assistant Manager

Sandra has had 20 years experience supporting individuals with Learning Difficulties, Challenging Behaviour, Complex Health Care needs and young people with Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties.

Sandra began her career as a support worker in 1998 at a Respite Home before moving on in 2001 to a Residential Children’s home. During this time Sandra completed her NVQ 3 and NVQ 4 in Health and Social Care and took on the role of Assistant Manager.

Sandra joined the management team at Autonomy Care in December 2015, subsequently transferring to the management team at Haresfield in 2019.

Autonomy Care Group - Head Office:

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Hazel Wordley

HR Executive

Hazel’s career began in administration gaining experience in various industries including manufacturing, health and social care and recruitment, progressing into supervisory and office management roles.

Having developed an interest in employee relations and employment law Hazel achieved her CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management. She pursued a career in Human Resources and joined Autonomy Care Group in August 2017 as HR Executive to support the group and service managers with all aspects of Human Resources.

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Scott Dawson

Finance Manager

Scott has been working in accounts for over 7 years, mainly in the hospitality sector, continuously gaining experience and pushing himself to maintain a high level of professionalism in everything he does. He moved to the Autonomy Care Group in June 2018 to help progress his career and has settled in quickly becoming a respected member of the finance team. He hopes to maintain his career progression by obtaining his Chartered accountancy qualification in the coming years.

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Steph Pearce

HR/Admin Assistant

After Steph finished school and college, she started her first full time job in an apprenticeship working towards her level 3 in Business Administration.
Upon completion of her apprenticeship, she starting her role as Admin / HR assistant with Autonomy Care Group in October 2018. Steph is keen to progress her knowledge of HR and plans to start her CIPD Level 3 qualification in September 2019.

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Stephanie Newman

HR Officer

Stephanie's career began in fashion retail 24 years ago, progressing through the company to area Learning and Development Assistant. Stephanie moved from fashion retail into interior design as a store manager in 2010. After promotion within the same company to HR and Central Operations Manager, she enrolled on the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Manager, graduating in October 2018. She joined the Autonomy Care Group Team in September 2020 as HR officer to support the growth of services group wide. Outside of work, she is a keen crafter and dog lover.

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Josh Rolfe

Accounts Assistant

Josh left school and started his accountancy career by studying at Bath College to obtain his AAT Level 2 qualification. He started his role as Accounts Assistant at Autonomy Care Group Limited in December 2019 to develop his accounting skills and hopes to study for AAT Level 3 in the near future.

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Jen Latham

Marketing Co-Ordinator

After completing her Degree and Masters in Film Production, Jen learnt many key skills in campaigning and the art of Digital Marketing. Jen now has over 5 years experience in marketing over a variety of different sectors and brings her core skills in social media, content writing and branding awareness to Autonomy Care Group.

Jen joined Autonomy Care Group in December 2019 after relocating from Manchester.